Children of the Fourth Revolution
- Luciano Floridi
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Introduction: the Two Souls of AI
It is a well-known fact that artificial intelligence (AI) research seeks both to reproduce the outcome of our intelligent behaviour by non-biological means, and to produce the non-biological equivalent of our intelligence. As a branch of engineering interested in intelligent behaviour reproduction, AI has been astoundingly successful. We increasingly rely on AI-related applications (smart technologies) to perform tasks that would be simply impossible by un-aided or un-augmented human intelligence. But as a branch of cognitive science interested in intelligence production, AI has been a dismal disappointment. Productive AI does not merely underperform with respect to human intelligence; it has not joined the competition yet. The fact that Watson—IBM’s system capable of answering questions asked in natural language—recently won against its human opponents when playing Jeopardy! only shows that artefacts can be smart without being intelligent.
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- Children of the Fourth Revolution
Philosophy & Technology
Volume 24, Issue 3 , pp 227-232
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- Luciano Floridi (1)
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- 1. Department of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK